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Iran bars widow of dead environmentalist from leaving

AFP  |  Tehran 

has barred the widow of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in prison from leaving the country, drawing protests from and family.

attempted to fly out of on Wednesday evening with sons and but airport security prevented joining them on board the for via

"Enough is enough," Seyed Emami, a well-known singer, said on his account alongside a picture of him and his brother on the plane without their mother.

He warned the Iranian authorities not to "think that my brother and I will stay silent for one second until we are reunited with our mom."


Environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami, 63, died in prison in February after being arrested on espionage charges the previous month along with seven other members of the he founded.

The authorities say he committed suicide, but the family have questioned the verdict and say they were threatened by security forces.

Canada, which has repeatedly sought answers from about the circumstances surrounding Emami's detention and death, demanded that his widow be allowed to leave.

"I am outraged to learn that Maryam Mombeini, widow of Kavous Seyed-Emami, was barred from leaving Iran," tweeted.

"We demand that, as a Canadian, she be given the freedom to return home."

severed diplomatic relations in 2012 at the height of the standoff between the West and over its nuclear programme.

does not recognise multiple nationality and treats all joint citizens as Iranians.

Iranian prosecutors allege that Emami's foundation installed cameras in strategic areas under cover of filming their wildlife, while in fact monitoring the country's missile activities.

One of the NGO's key projects was monitoring the endangered Asiatic cheetah, which meant they operated across large swathes of the northern province of Semnan, home to military sites and missile-testing grounds.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 16:45 IST
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